Pasta, cheese, and pork are in my top 10 favorite foods in the world! So of course that a dish that included all of 3 amazing ingredients would be one of the best foods for me.♥
Some people use cream and garlic on the Carbonara recipe, but I really like the classic simple version. It’s very easy and it’s something that you can make in less than 20 minutes and have a nice dinner to serve some friends or to eat and spoiled yourself with some great food and Netflix.
Sooooo, that was my treat for my first day of winter break: amazing Carbonara.
CLASSIC SPAGHETTI CARBONARA
1 cup parmesan cheese
4 to 6 slices of bacon
Cook the pasta with the directions of the package. Don’t forget the salt on the water! (I always use 1L water for each 100g of pasta and 1 tbsp of salt for each 2L of water).
While the pasta cooks, mix together in a bowl: the eggs, cheeses and season with salt and pepper.
Cut the bacon into thin strips (I like to cut my bacon frozen, it’s a good tip to have more precision and it’s a 100% easier to get thin cuts than the slippery room temperature bacon).
In a frying pan, fry the bacon over medium-low heat until golden and crispy. (I fry the bacon on its own fat in a nonstick pan).
When the pasta it’s done, reserve 1 ladle of pasta water.
Drain the pasta and add the pasta to the bacon pan. Mix everything together, let it heat a little.
Put the pasta into the egg and cheese bowl** and mix very fast until the egg is creamy and well combined (yup! the classic carbonara creaminess comes from the emulsion of the egg with the warm pasta!). If you think it’s necessary (if you think the creamy is to dry) add just a little bit of the reserved pasta water.
I did a small video so you can see how simple and easy is the pasta mixing to create the cream:
And it’s ready to serve!
Enjoy this amazing comfort food and let me know what you think!
When I want some extra cuteness on my presentation, I add a little bit of green onions (or chives). And the freshness that the green onion brings is delicious as well!
**NEVER put the egg-parmesan mix into the pan with the pasta, ALWAYS put the hot pasta in the egg-parmesan mix in a bowl out of the heat otherwise you will have a pasta bacon and scrambled eggs dish instead of a carbonara 😛
* If you don’t have a scale a good idea is to measure 2cm diameter of spaghetti like in the photo. every 2cm of spaghetti are about 90/100g .
*if you only want to make this recipe for 1 person, you will need: 90g pasta, 2 eggs and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and 2-3 slices of bacon strips.
*based on the original recipe that I wrote (for 2 people) you can grow this recipe by basically adding 90g pasta, 1 egg and 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese for each extra person. (and if you are going to do this recipe for more than 2 people I recommend a larger pan than a frying pan for the bacon so you have room to mix the bacon with the cooked pasta).